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First impressions matter, especially when it comes to selling a home.

Curb appeal — how its exterior looks to a buyer from the street — can either provide an inviting enticement for a prospective buyer or produce a negative impression.

Several websites offer a host of information for improving the curb appeal value: • Covers eight tricks to improve the curb appeal value of a home, at

Good Housekeeping • Lists five ways to boost curb appeal, at • Serves up extensive list of home improvements to maximize a home's curb appeal, at

Home Gain • Offers spending considerations and guidelines for remodeling a home, at • Spotlights curb appeal beautification options for free, $100 and $500, at

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